Revisiting Kyoto Virtually

A few weeks ago, I joined what I consider to be the best AirBnB Online Experience I’ve joined so far: a virtual tour of Kyoto, through my host, Kentaro-san. That virtual tour made me quite nostalgic hence I blogged about a Throwback Travel to Kyoto, Japan, which D and I first visited in 2010.

Kentaro-san started his tour sharing about his adventures while learning English as a language. I was quite inspired by his courage and determination. It’s really faster to learn a new language by being practicing it everyday, and I made a mental note to go back to France when I’m able so I can hone in on my French. Anyway, back to the online experience.

Kentaro-san talked about the two dominant religions in Japan: Buddhism and Shintoism. He also explained the difference between shrines and temples. During the tour, he brought us to a few shrines, talking about the gods they were built for along the way. We also walked through a geisha street, and had a glimpse of the history of Kabuki. During this tour, I learned that there are 5 Kabuki Theaters in Japan: in Kyoto, Osaka, Fukuoka, and two in Tokyo. I got to see one in Tokyo last year. I made a mental note to self: watch a kabuki show next time I’m in Japan.

The experience was fun because it was interactive and I really felt I was walking the streets of Kyoto during that tour. If you want to know more about this tour, check out Kentaro-san’s schedule here.

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